Psychiatric disorders and functioning in hepatitis B virus carriers

Atesci F., Cetin B., Oguzhanoglu N., KARADAĞ R. F. , Turgut H.

PSYCHOSOMATICS, vol.46, no.2, pp.142-147, 2005 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1176/appi.psy.46.2.142
  • Journal Name: PSYCHOSOMATICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.142-147


The authors compared asymptomatic hepatitis B virus carriers and healthy subjects in terms of their psychological state. Participants (43 asymptomatic hepatitis B virus carriers and 43 healthy comparison subjects) completed self-report questionnaires. Psychiatric disorders and psychosocial-functioning were evaluated with structured clinical interviews and the Global Assessment of Functioning scale. Hepatitis B virus carriers were more likely to have psychiatric disorders than comparison subjects (30.2% vs. 11.6%). Also, carriers had significantly higher depression and anxiety scores and lower Global Assessment of Functioning scores than did comparison subjects. Worries about contamination and illnesses related to hepatitis B infection were associated with the presence of psychiatric disorder The results suggest that asymptomatic hepatitis B virus carriers need emotional support.